At this time, April 2020, we are being called to practice and to regularly push ourselves to be courageously in the uncertainty of a worldwide pandemic. Bringing aliveness and vulnerability to your inner reality could mean a regular practice of yoga and meditation, and the perspective piece is watching where it becomes rote or a numbing tendency instead of curious, allowing painful emotional releases, and the cozy sense of nurturing your inner child.
Due to changes in my own life, I have had to pare back my yoga, childbirth classes and doula offerings in 2020. This site will remain mostly inactive – at least for the rest of 2020, I imagine.
I was teaching yoga once weekly, and now that too, has been consciously put to rest by coronavirus. I have turned to address what is in front of me in my life, chosen to surrender to the service I’m being called to offer at this time. One of my paid jobs has ramped up to allow Emergency Fund management and Emergency Granting to my community, and I’m rising to that challenge, while being the sole income earner in my household and juggling another work from home job that has variable work hours and workload.
I want to send out this sincere wish to all of my students, and to all who read this: I hope and wish that this pandemic offers something unique and tangible to each of you – an awakening, a softening, a vulnerability that brings you home to your path, your journey and your ability to see God in All. Yoga – like many other centering practices, like music, walking awake in nature, and others – has the capacity to bring us out of mental stories/past/future/anxiety, into a state of awareness of what is True, and the awareness of being part of a larger organism, yet also being Spirit itself.
Sat Nam! I trust that we’ll be practising together again if it is for the highest good and in the meantime let this be a reminder to continue to do the challenging work of self awareness – now more than ever it brings us perspective and peace.
~ Shannon Dharmatma
Prenatal Yoga Class
Mondays (Sept 16th – Oct. 28, no class Oct. 14)
5pm – 6:15pm
@ Salt Spring Wellness Centre on Hereford Ave.
Access to class is through parking lot entry from the back (Rainbow Road.)
We are in the smaller back studio of the Wellness Centre.
Drop in welcome! $17/class. There is lots of space.
Register for the whole series for $75. Please pay Shannon, not the Wellness Centre.
I am a certified Yoga teacher, Lamaze Prenatal Educator and DONA Birth Doula. I have been practising and teaching on Salt Spring Island since 2008.
Looking for an opportunity to dive deeply into your Self with the tools of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation? To nourish your connection to yourself, build trust and self esteem, know who you are? A retreat “A Shade More…Aware” could be such an opportunity!
Shannon will be co-teaching and co-hosting the retreat with Dori of enso retreat centre on Salt Spring Island, BC.
When: July 11, 2019 afternoon – July 14, 2019 afternoon
Where: enso retreat centre
Registration and information: https://www.ensolearning.com/asmaware
What: Childbirth Preparation Classes (Lamaze-certified)
When: Sunday March 24, 2019 and Sunday March 31, 2019
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where: Studio on Salt Spring Island – end of Rainbow on Collins Rd.
Pre-Registration Required: Contact Shannon for details
Cost: $120 per birthing team
There is a balance of listening style learning, activities to do together, activities to do with your partners, discussion and question time.
- Introductions and Key Principles for Healthy Outcomes
- Stages of Labour and Birth
- Anatomy and Hormones
- Understanding Pain, Coping, Creating Birth Environment
- Labour Lab I – Early Labour practice positions, skills and strategies
- Breathing Activity for Centering
- Rhythm, Ritual, Relaxation video
- Labour Lab II: Active Labour & Back Labour
- Review game
- Birth Team and Beyond – Roles
- Informed Decision-Making (B.R.A.I.N.)
- Interventions and Hospital procedures – ReasonsRisksBenefitsAlternatives
- Cesarean birth
- Labour Lab III – Pushing and Delivery
- Postpartum (from birth to 6 weeks) (infant attachment and health, mama health)
- Birth Planning Activity
- Postpartum Whole Person and Family Health: Role of Support System
- Breastfeeding: How it works | Common stages / progression | Challenges and Options
- Community resources and handouts
A holistic workshop to prepare you and your birth team for labour, birth and early postpartum.
Saturday and Sunday September 22 and 23, 2018 in the afternoons
Dukes Road, Salt Spring Island
Please register by August 31, 2018. Call 250-653-4867 or email shannoncowanyoga(at)gmail
- recognize and respond to stages of labour
- learn to cope with pain, to support rhythm, ritual and relaxation during labour and birth
- understand anatomy, physiology and emotional landscapes for a variety of labouring women
- understand medical interventions and their usage, learn to make informed decisions
- promote healthy birth outcomes through knowledge and practice
This is recommended for first time parents, for those who have not attended any births before, and for those who had a traumatic previous birth experience or who are striving to create a birthing team from partners/helpers who may require some guidance and practice to be comfortable with their role helping support a labouring and postpartum mother.
Kundalini yoga teachings offer enormous latitude in the teaching and learning about self love. Finding the peace and love that is the honest-to-goodness truth at your core is the ultimate pursuit of humans, the world over. And, it is possible! Achievable! Available to us. Practice a Kundalini Yoga meditation this week to celebrate because “You Gotta Know What Love Is!” to share it with others! What a great feeling! Sat Nam.
Mondays 4:30pm – 5:45pm
Creek Studio 427 Dukes Road
Call or email to reserve your space ($35/month) or try drop-in ($12/class if space allows).
The space is limited to 5 mats.